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What do clients from the Cove Center for Recovery drug rehab have to gain by attending a leadership seminar? A lot actually. The Cove recently attended the “Live2Lead” leadership global simulcast at Broward College in Davie, Florida on October 9th, 2015.

“The reason we took our Cove clients to Live2Lead was simple,” said Karen Corcoran-Walsh, founder of the Cove Center for Recovery as well as Inspirations for Youth and Families teen drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. “It is absolutely essential for people that suffer from drug and alcohol abuse to learn life-skills like self-leadership and what better place than a leadership conference.”

Please watch the video of the event

Corcoran-Walsh encourages her clients to set goals for themselves while at the Cove and to start to think about what they want to do after they are discharged and enter the real world. It is never too early to think about positive things like a person in recovery’s exciting future so long as it does not create added stress.

The Live2Lead event aired globally and was developed by John Maxwell, a pastor who has become a rock-star motivational speaker and Amazon Hall-of-Fame best-selling author. Maxwell was accompanied by a talented group of speakers including Valorie Burton, a celebrity life coach, who regularly appears on shows like Good Morning America as well as Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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Dr. John D. Goolsby, Certified John Maxwell Coach, Ed Cejka, CEO of the Cove and Marie Jean Faublas, Cove Finance

Valorie Burton was the overwhelming favorite speaker among the Covites. Burton talked about being relentless in your life pursuit. Her life changed dramatically after being on the downswing when she found herself divorced. But she never gave up on her vision of a better life, which included a loving husband and child.

She felt frustrated, helpless, and discouraged just like someone suffering from alcohol or drug addiction may feel, however, she refused to succumb to feelings of remorse.

Her message especially rang true to a client from the Cove.

“It was comforting to hear that one of the speakers had gone through something difficult in her life and she thought she was the only person who felt that way.”

An anonymous Cove Client

“It was comforting to hear that one of the speakers had gone through something difficult in her life and she thought she was the only person who felt that way,” said an anonymous Cove client. “I had and continue to share a similar experience and it is a good feeling to connect with someone who experienced the same thing as me.”

“She talked about her resilience after falling down and then getting up. I can absolutely take things from the seminar and apply it to my life,” added a Cove client. “People hold on to chapters in their life that have been closed for a long time and it makes it impossible to move forward into new chapters in their life. So basically if you want to move forward in your life you need to walk away from closed doors and walk through open ones.”

“We all make mistakes. The difference is did you learn from them so you don’t repeat them again.”

Edwin Quijada member of the John Maxwell Team

Edwin Quijada, a member of the John Maxwell Team said Valorie’s core message was to believe in yourself despite anything else that is going wrong in your life and take the time to reflect back on your experiences and learn from them.

“We all make mistakes,” said Quijada. “The difference is did you learn from them so you don’t repeat them again.”

“Life is not perfect. But life is about what you make of it,” added Quijada. “Life is going to throw you some curve balls, but are you going to adjust and hit the ball or do the same thing over and over again and be okay with striking out.”